Royal College of Art student Fiona O’Leary has designed and created a very innovative piece of hardware called Spector that allows designers, artists or anyone interested in colour and typefaces to capture, record and use fonts and colour they may discover.
Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about this unique device which is currently in its concept stage of development and is capable of detecting colours and providing specific CYMK, RGB or Pantone values.
O’Leary Explains more about the Spector font and colour collector :
Spector is a tool that helps bridge the gap between designing on digital screen and the finalised print. It is a hand-held device allowing various print materials to become interactive. Found a typeface you like? Wonder how big it is? Spector tells you straight away and changes the type live on screen. Wonder what shade of green that leaf is? It also detects colours and gives specific CYMK, RGB or Pantone values. Spector connects to the computer via Bluetooth and has a software interface that shows what colours and type you have collected.
When you place Spector on a printed page of type or colour and click the button. This is then sent to the computer and then is communicated to a program such as InDesign, Pages and Word via plugin where there is live text present. The text is then changed to the printed font instantaneously while being able to view information about the font such as size, kerning, leading and where to buy it. Colours are loaded into the swatch palette.
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet for Spector, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.
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